Artist Interview: Keiona Clark

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
I am Keiona Clark and I have been an artist for 3 years. I have always had a natural gift, no formal education. I created a lot or art as a child and a teenager and won awards but never continued into adulthood.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
Acrylic because it is a very forgiving medium that dries quickly, I also work with chalk because it allows me to use my finger with more control than a brush.

What is your creative process like?
I have epiphanies’ and I put them to paper or canvas

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
Just Step back, if you are a perfectionist it will never be perfect

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Starting so late in life trying to figure out my footing, or where I fit in, learning the rope. Creating is easy, finding an audience is easy, finding the right audience is difficult

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"I Surrender" by Keiona Clark

“I Surrender” by Keiona Clark

I am a stage 3B breast cancer survivor (which is the reason I became an artist) this piece was created when I was having my chemo therapy. Painting it calmed my nerves on one of my bad days. I was also my first jury selected piece it is titled “I Surrender”

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
My favorite part of the Artomatic experience is the “Artomatic experience.”

What is your website (or other method of contact):

You can see more of Keiona’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the fourth floor, space 7-206.